At least 90 people were injured in ‘Jallikattu’, or bull run, three events held in different parts of Tamil Nadu as per the guidelines of Supreme Court and Tamil Nadu Jallikattu Regulation Act.
Following long standing complaints from animal rights activists about cruelty to the animals, authorities had this time ensured that the bulls were not subjected to harassment and administered intoxicants.
While the bulls had a easy run due to this, about 50 persons sustained injuries, seven of them seriously, in the event held at Alanganallur near Madurai as part of Pongal festivities on Thursday, the police said. Those injured included bull tamers and members of the audience. The seriously injured were admitted to Government Rajaji hospital, while others were treated as out patients. Runs were also held in Tiruchirapalli.
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.